Rangers first round prospect Alexei Cherepanov has passed away. TSN is reporting that he collapsed on the bench during the brief stages of a KHL game.
UPDATES AS WE GET THEM:
1PM TUESDAY This is a video of yesterday's Talkcast with Dewey, reacting to Alexei's death.
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12PM TUESDAY Steve H (our Wild correspondant) in the comments section makes the good point of updating you guys on the untrue rumor that Jagr and Alexei skated in to each other, causing the incident (reported by an AOL fanhouse blogger). This is now being denied by Russian executives. Steve also points out that the only Jagr connection to this all is the fact that he and Cherepanov were discussing their latest 2 on 1 effort on the bench before he collapsed. Keep the comments coming guys, we really appreciate your feedback.
11:30AM TUESDAY An AP report has contacted a Russian lawmaker, who has stated that Cherepanov could have died due to the inattention of paramedics who were called when the incident was happening. Investigators in Russia said that the young players suffered from chronic ischemia, a medical condition in which not enough blood gets to the heart or other organs (TSN). This reminds us all (unfortunatley) of the Jiri Fischer episode in Detroit, where it was only later that we found out of a heart condition the player had. In Detroit, they were on the call immediately and knew what they were doing with Fischer; they revived him and now Fischer is living a healthy life. With Cheraponov, they didn't have the required equipment to restart his heart (defibrillator). More details as to what happened will be coming out and we will have them for you as it does.
8AM TUESDAY Scotty has found two videos of his last game. VIEWERS MAY FIND THIS OFFENSIVE, SO DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
His Last Shift
The Final Minute
5:00PM NOTE: READ ABOVE (12PM TUESDAY) AS TO VALIDITY OF THIS REPORT. Our good friend Puck Daddy (Greg) gets this from the same reporter....Cherepanov is dead. He collapsed on the bench on the 18th minute of the third period in the game against Vityaz Chekhov after a collision with Jaromir Jagr [his teammate on Omsk in the KHL]. He went to the bench and his heart stopped. He was taken to the emergency room at a local hospital where the best doctors in town worked for about an hour trying to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at 22:55 Moscow time (2:55pm EST). After the news the entire Avangard Omsk squad went to one of the local churches to light candles for Cherepanov.
4:40PM: NOTE: READ ABOVE (12PM TUESDAY) AS TO VALIDITY OF THIS REPORT. According to Eric McErlain (AOL FanHouse) , with help from a Russian reporter he knows...we cannot confirm if this is really what happened.... In the 18th minute of the third period of Avangard Omsk's game against Chekhov Vityaz, Cherepanov collided with Jaromir Jagr during a line change. Once Cherepanov got to the bench, he collapsed, and team doctors determined that his heart had stopped and immediately began attempts to revive him. Cherepanov was then transported to an unnamed hospital in Moscow where doctors attempted to revive him for about an hour before he was declared dead of cardiac arrest at 22:55 local time/2:55 p.m. U.S. EDT.
4:20PM: The Rangers have confirmed the terrible news, with a posting on their website. From Glen Sather: “We are extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Alexei. On behalf of the New York Rangers organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family. Alexei was an intelligent, energetic young man, with tremendous talent and an extremely bright future.”
4:10PM: Larry Brooks from NY POST: According to initial reports, Cherepanov collapsed on the bench after suffering a heart attack and was unable to be resuscitated. There was, apparently, no ambulance on hand at the rink at the time of Cherepanov's collapse as Omsk played Vityav Chekhov in the Moscow Region. Resuscitation efforts were conducted in the parking lot
4:05PM: Rumors are floating around that it could have been a collision with teammate Jaromir Jagr that made it happen. Nothing has been made offical as of yet.